A BROMSGROVE duo will be taking on the London Marathon in aid of Leukaemia CARE.
Keelan McNally, 28, from Bromsgrove, and Ben Ascott, 36, from Blackwell, have so far clocked up more than 700 miles in training between them for the big event and have collectively raised £4,000.
The pair are doing the run in memory of Ben’s dad who passed away from acute myeloid leukaemia in 2014.
Keelan and Ben decided to take on the challenge in aid of the Worcester-based national charity after its fantastic work supporting Ben and his family during his dad’s illness.
The pair are hoping to raise more than £6,000. To smash their target, Keelan, who works at Swindon Town Football Club has called upon his contacts in the footballing world to donate signed shirts and memorabilia which can be auctioned off on social media.
Donations have included signed memorabilia from Arsenal, Birmingham City, Norwich City and Derby County.
Ben, who owns the Ben’s takeaway in Lickey, has been rallying support from his generous customers.
Ben said: “My family were supported by Leukaemia CARE during the most difficult and emotional time of our lives.
“I wanted to run for this charity to say thank you and to help other families who are affected by blood cancers.”
Keelan added: “Running with Ben is a privilege and I’m proud to be running for a charity which supported both him and his family during such a difficult time.
“We’re both looking forward to race day but will be glad to see that finish line.”
Visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/KeelanMcNally to support the Bromsgrove pair on their mission.